Category Archives: Media Releases

5-17-22 Police Investigating Discovery of Body in Kona

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IICaptain Thomas A. Shopay IIIPhone: (808) 326-4646Report No.: 22-042745 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating the discovery of a body found near the intersection of Palani Road and Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway in Kailua-Kona. On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, shortly before 9:30 a.m., Kona patrol officers responded to […]

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5-6-22 Officer Honored with Hāweo Award for ‘Going the Extra Mile’ Locating Traffic Crash Site and Injured Elderly Driver

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the Police ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Exemplifying determination and diligence in locating the scene of a traffic collision in a remote area that resulted in the rescue of the elderly driver, Hawai‘i Police Department Officer Jenna Kosinski-Santos was honored with the Hāweo Award during a ceremony held […]

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5-17-22 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Hilo Woman Mele Kuli

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Dustin ChavesPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-042662 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 71-year-old Mele A. Kuli of Hilo. Kuli was reportedly last seen leaving the 100 block of Kaieie Place, in the Panaewa area of Hilo on Monday, May 16, 2022, around 4:00 p.m. in […]

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5-16-22 Police Renew Request for Missing Hilo Man Keith Everett

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 22-017743                                   Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are renewing their request the public’s assistance in locating 45-year-old Keith Everett, of Hilo, who was reported missing during the last week of February 2022. It’s believed that Everett may now be living on the […]

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5-16-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of May 9, 2022, through May 15, 2022, Hawai`i Island police arrested 23 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Six of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Three of the drivers were under the […]

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5-13-22 Hilo Coffee with a Cop May 17

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentHilo Community Policing SectionLieutenant William DerrPhone: (808) 961-2350 Media Release  East Hawai‘i residents are invited to attend a Coffee with a Cop with Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Hilo Community Policing officers on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Ken’s House of Pancakes, 1730 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo. This informal event […]

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5-12-22 (Update) Pedestrian Struck in Hilo Hit and Run Dies; Police Seek Witnesses

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: (808) 961-2391Report No.: 22-040770 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are continuing to investigate a hit-and-run traffic collision involving a Hilo woman and a motor vehicle that took place on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in the area of Ululani and Hualalai Streets in Hilo. The investigation has changed from […]

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5-12-22 Police Asking for Public’s Assistance Identifying Man Involved in Waikoloa Vehicle Theft

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictOfficer Kristi CrivelloPhone: (808) 887-3080Police Report No. 22-039218 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance identifying a man seen stealing a white 2020 Ford Transit delivery van in the Waikoloa Resort area on Friday, May 6, 2022. The van has since been recovered, however police are asking […]

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5-11-22 Police Investigating Pedestrian Hit and Run in Hilo

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area ISergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: (808) 961-2391Report No. 22-040770 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a hit-and-run traffic collision in Hilo involving a pedestrian and motor vehicle that was reported at 7:59 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022,  in the area of Ululani and Hualālai Streets. Responding officers discovered […]

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5-11-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of May 2, through May 8, 2022, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 17 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Two of the drivers were under the age […]

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5-09-22 Kona Woman Killed in South Kohala Traffic Collision

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area IISergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No.: 22-040051 Media Release A 23-year-old Kailua-Kona woman died following a two-vehicle collision that occurred in the early morning hours of Monday, May 9, 2022, approximately .3 miles north of the 76 mile marker on the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway in South […]

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5-09-22 Public Invited to Attend Police Week Festivities

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Hawai‘i Island residents and visitors are invited to attend Police Week festivities, including station tours, during the national event next week. Police Week is a nationally recognized week of activities in support of police work and in recognition of officers who have […]

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5-06-22 (Update) Missing Puna Man Anson-Ely Saragosa Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Zenas PachecoPhone: (808) 965-2721Report No.: 22-039074 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have located 43-year-old Anson-Ely Saragosa of Mountain View, who was previously reported missing. He was found in good health on Friday, May 6, 2022, in Mountain View.

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5-06-22 (Update) Runaway Chanceton Lato Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Shawn TinglePhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-039068 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 15-year-old Chanceton Lato, who was reported as a runaway, was located on Friday, May 6, 2022, in Kea‘au in good health.

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5-06-22 Police Seek Runaway Alfred Andon

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Kimo KeliipaakauaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 253Report No.: 22-032160 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Alfred Andon of Kona who was reported as a runaway. Andon was last seen in Hilo on Friday, April 8, 2022.  He is 5 feet 7 inches tall, 120 […]

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5-06-22 Police Offer Theft Prevention Tips; Charge Kona Man for Breaking into Four Vehicles

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Aron TomotaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 253Report No.: 22-037830 Media Release A 32-year-old Kona man was arrested and charged for breaking into four vehicles at a business in the Kaloko Industrial Area. On May 2, 2022 shortly after 6:30 a.m., Kona patrol officers responded to the Kaloko Industrial Area for a theft […]

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5-06-22 Police Seeking Runaway Chanceton Lato

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Charrise WakitaPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-039068 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Chanceton Lato, who was reported as a runaway. Lato was last seen on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 7:45 a.m. in the Kea‘au area wearing blue jeans, a dark blue Kea‘au High […]

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5-06-22 Kona Man Dies in Single Vehicle Collision in Puna

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area ISergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: (808) 961-2391Report No.: 22-039004 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a single vehicle traffic collision in Puna that resulted in the death of a Kailua-Kona man. The collision occurred on Thursday, May 5, 2022, on Kahakai Boulevard, in the Hawaiian Beaches area of Pahoa. […]

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5-05-22 Police Request Public’s Assistance In Locating Missing Puna Man Anson-Ely Saragosa

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Paul RosePhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-039074 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance locating 43-year-old Anson-Ely Saragosa, who is known to frequent the Kurtistown and Mountain View areas. Saragosa is described as local with a brown complexion and having a medium build, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 160 […]

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5-05-22 (Update) Two Runaways Located in Kona

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IPolice Officer III/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 22-036494 and 22-038767 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that two runaways have been located in Kona in separate instances. Both were found in good health. Fourteen-year-old Uilani Ahuna was located on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, and 13-year-old […]

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5-05-22 Two Coffee With a Cop Events in Kona During May

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Community Policing SectionSergeant Michael D. HardiePhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 259 Media Release West Hawai‘i residents are invited to attend two Coffee With a Cop events this month. These popular talk story sessions provide the public an informal way to get to know their area community policing officers. The events have no agenda […]

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5-04-22 Police Seek Runaway Kayden Dereis

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Paul RosePhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-038767 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 13-year-old Kayden Dereis, who was reported as a runaway. Dereis was last seen in the Kea‘au area on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. wearing grey sweat pants and a red […]

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5-04-22 Police Seek Runaway Dawson Vincent

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Isabelle FekiPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-038330 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Dawson Vincent who was reported as a runaway. He was last seen in the Pahoa area on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at 10:00 p.m. wearing white jeans and a white hoodie. […]

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5-04-22 Kona Crime Prevention Committee Honors Three West Hawaii Officers

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Community Policing SectionSergeant Michael D. HardiePhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 259 Media Release The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recently honored three Hawai‘i Police Department officers as Officer of the Month for November 2021, December 2021, and January 2022, during an awards ceremony at Huggo’s on the Rocks in Kona on Wednesday, April 6, […]

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5-04-22 California Woman Killed in Kona Traffic Collision

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No. 22-037941 Media Release A 72-year-old female visitor died following a three-vehicle collision that occurred on Monday, May 2, 2022, near the intersection of Palani Road and Tomi Tomi Drive in North Kona. The woman has been positively identified as Heserlina Emata of Milpitas, California. […]

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5-02-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of April 25, 2022, through May 1, 2022, Hawai`i Island police arrested 12 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the age […]

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5-02-22 (Update) Missing Kona Man Joshua Waterman Located

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Aron TomotaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 253Report No.: 22-033511 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 23-year-old Joshua Waterman, who was previously reported as missing, was located in Kailua-Kona on Sunday, April 24, 2022, in good health.

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5-02-22 (Update) Runaway Precious Anderson Located

Hawaii Police DepartmentArea I Juvenile Aid Section (JAS)Police Officer III/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: 808-961-8843Report No.: 22-020517 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 16-year-old Precious Anderson, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Kea‘au on Sunday, May 1, 2022, in good health.

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5-02-22 Police Seeking Wanted Pepe‘ekeō Man

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone:  (808) 961-2252Report No.: 22-027337 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 30-year-old Brian Keith Elizares Villasista Jr., of Pepe‘ekeō. He is wanted for an active warrant for his arrest, and for questioning relative to multiple property offense cases.  Elizares […]

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5-02-22 Police Seek Runaway Uilani Ahuna

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Roger CarvalhoPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-036494 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Uilani Ahuna who was reported as a runaway. Ahuna was last seen on the 1100 block of Waianuenue Avenue in Hilo on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 8:45 p.m. wearing a […]

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5-02-22 Armed and Dangerous Puna Men Charged

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 22-036764 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged two Puna men with an array of property, firearm, and drug offenses. On Saturday afternoon, April 30, 2022, after conferring with County Prosecutors, detectives charged 48-year-old John Patrick Rapozo, and 44-year-old Kiha Rodney […]

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4-29-22 Police Ask for Public’s Assistance Locating Runaway Kayzlyn Grammer

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Brian KoharaPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-023667 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Kayzlyn Grammer who was reported as a runaway. Grammer was last seen in the 1700 block of Kinoole Street in Hilo on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at 11:00 p.m. wearing a […]

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4-29-22 Police Arrest Armed and Dangerous Fugitive and Three Others

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No. 22-036764 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police arrested two women and two men considered armed and dangerous. On Thursday afternoon, April 28, 2022, around 2:15 p.m., police received information about the whereabouts of a stolen vehicle on Kalara Street, in the Shipman […]

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4-29-22 One-Way Traffic Pattern April 30 in Pāpa‘aloa for “Mahalo Pāpa‘aloa Gym” Event

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release A temporary one-way traffic pattern will be in effect Saturday, April 30, 2022, in Pāpa‘aloa on Old Mamalahoa Highway in celebration of the “Mahalo Pāpa‘aloa Gym” event at the Pāpa‘aloa Community Center Gym. Traffic will be allowed to flow in the Honoka‘a, […]

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4-29-22 (Update) Two Runaways Located

Hawaii Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IPolice Officer III/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report Numbers: 22-032083 and 22-030147 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Department reports that two runaways have been located in good health. Fourteen-year-old Uilani Ahuna, (Report #22-032083), was located in Kona on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Seventeen-year-old Makahiki Moala, (Report #22-030147), was […]

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4-29-22 Police Request Public’s Assistance Locating Missing Hilo Man Robert Gomez Jr.

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 22-021633                      Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 40-year-old Robert E. Gomez Jr., of Hilo, who was reported missing. He has not been seen or heard from by his family since March 2022 and his family […]

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4-28-22 Police Ask for Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Kona Man Mitchell Sisson

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Kalae LeePhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 253             Report No.: 22-036583 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are seeking the community’s assistance in locating 37-year-old Mitchell Sisson of Kailua- Kona, who has been reported missing and is in need of medication. The last time someone was in contact with him was on Tuesday, February 22, […]

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4-28-22 Kona Couple Charged with Numerous Drug Offenses

Hawai’i Police DepartmentVice Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin A. BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 226Report No.: 22-036365 Media Release A Kailua-Kona couple was charged with more than a half dozen drug offenses on Thursday afternoon, April 28, 2022, following their arrest on Wednesday, April 27. Investigators from the Area II Vice Section served a search warrant […]

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4-28-22 Interagency Warrant Sweep Results in 6 Arrests

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna DistrictLieutenant Allan WatanabePhone: (808) 965-2716 Media Release An interagency warrant sweep consisting of officers from the Hawai‘i Police Department and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) was conducted in Puna on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, resulting in the arrest of six wanted individuals for a total of 10 outstanding warrants. The […]

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4-28-22 Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back April 30

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentVice Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin A. BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 226 Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department is encouraging the public to participate in a nationwide prescription drug take-back initiative this weekend. On Saturday, April 30, 2022, members of the public may turn in unused, unneeded, or expired prescription medications between 10 […]

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4-28-22 Police Seeking Runaway Kelis Garmon-Mercado

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolLieutenant Paul KimPhone: (808) 961-2213Report No.: 22-035831 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Kelis Garmon-Mercado of Hilo, who was reported as a runaway. She was last seen at her residence on Monday, April 25, 2022, and is believed to have left the residence in the late […]

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4-27-22 Hilo Man Arrested and Charged for 23 Counts of Sex Assault Involving a Minor

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area ILieutenant Robert P. PauolePhone: (808) 961-2254Report No.: C18001394 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police arrested a 64-year-old Hilo man on the strength of a bench warrant after indictment for 23 counts of sex assault involving a minor. The indictment involves sexual acts with a minor that occurred from September […]

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4-26-22 Police Arrest and Charge Kona Woman For Drug and Firearm Offenses, Including Possession of 2,700 Fentanyl Pills

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentVice Section – Area IILieutenant Edwin A. BuytenPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 226Report No.: 22-034537 Media Release Hawaii Police Department arrested and charged Kailua-Kona woman with 16 drug and firearms  offenses after a month-long collaborative drug trafficking investigation that spanned between Hawai‘i Island and Washington state. On Thursday, April 21, 2022, investigators from the […]

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4-25-22 (Update) Puna Man Charged With Murder

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 22-035134 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have charged 35-year-old Ammon Kaipo Spencer Stanley, of Kurtistown, with murder following the discovery of a badly burned body within a vehicle in Puna on Saturday afternoon, April 23, 2022. On Monday afternoon, April 25, […]

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4-25-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of April 18, 2022, through April 24, 2022, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 23 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Eight of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the […]

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4-25-22 (Update) Missing Kaʻū Man Paul Calverase Located

Hawai‘i Police Department Kaʻū Patrol Sergeant Chris Correia Phone: (808) 939-2520 Report No.: 22-035083 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have located 61-year-old Paul Calverase of Kaʻū who was previously reported missing. He was found in good health on Monday, April 25, 2022, in Kailua-Kona.

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4-25-22 (Update) Runaway Cherish Ahulau-Kaleo Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IPolice Officer III/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961- 8843Report No.: 22-034173 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 15-year-old Cherish Ahulau-Kaleo, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo on Friday, April 22 2022, in good health.

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4-25-22 Police Seeking Information Regarding Kona Traffic Collision

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Kimo Keliipaakaua                                                                                                                 Phone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 253Report No. 22-035278 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are asking for the public’s help in piecing together a traffic incident that occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 24, 2022, on Kuakini Highway, south of Sea View Circle, in Kailua-Kona that left a […]

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4-25-22 Hilo Man Charged with Negligent Injury, Drug Offenses for Collision that Critically Injured Motorcyclist

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area ISergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: (808) 961-2391Report No.: 22-034589 Media Release As a result of their investigation into a two vehicle collision on Thursday, April 21, 2022, which left a motorcyclist critically injured, members of Hawai‘i Police Department’s East Hawai‘i Traffic Enforcement Unit have arrested and charged 48-year-old Joshua Manzano-Hill […]

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4-25-22 (Update) Missing Kurtistown Man Ricky Rios Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Zenas PachecoPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-033760 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 56-year-old Ricky Rios of Kurtistown, who had previously been reported missing, was located on Thursday, April 21, 2022, in good health in Hilo. Police thank the public for their assistance in this matter.

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4-24-22 (Update) Missing Hilo Man Michael Kuahuia Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolLieutenant Grant K. ToddPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-035091 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 43-year-old Michael Kuahuia of Hilo, who was previously reported as missing, was located in Hilo on Sunday, April 24, 2022, in good health. The police department thanks the public for their assistance.

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4-24-22 Puna Man Arrested for Murder

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 22-035134 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have arrested a Kea‘au man for second-degree murder after the discovery of a badly burned body within a vehicle in Puna. On Saturday, April 23, 2022, shortly after 3:00 p.m., Puna patrol officers responded to […]

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4-23-22 Police Ask Assistance in Locating Missing Hilo Man Michael Kuahuia

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolLieutenant Grant K. ToddPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-035091 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are seeking the community’s assistance in locating 43-year-old Michael Kuahuia of Hilo, who has been reported missing and is in need of medication.  Kuahuia is described as a local male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 270 pounds, with dyed […]

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4-23-22 Police Ask Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Kaʻū Man Paul Calverase

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKaʻū PatrolSergeant Chris CorreiaPhone: (808) 939-2520Report No.: 22- 035083 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance with locating 61-year-old Paul Calverase of Kaʻū who was reported missing. He was last seen in the Ocean View area on Saturday, March 26, 2022. Calverase may also be driving a gray colored […]

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4-22-22 Man Arrested for Failing to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIDetective Carrie AkinaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 277Report No.: 22-014873 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department would like to remind Hawai‘i residents who are covered offenders, (convicted sex offender or an offender against minors), that they are required to register with the Attorney General and comply with the provisions […]

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4-22-22 Police Recover 20 Pounds of Meth Following Hilo Drug Arrest

Hawai‘i Police Department                           Criminal Investigation Division – Area 1Lieutenant Royce SerraoPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-034339 Media Release On Thursday, April 21, 2022, members of Hawai‘i Police Department’s Area 1 Vice Section arrested 33-year-old Seth Alan Pahinui Spidell of Hilo following the execution of a narcotics search warrant at a residence in the Keaukaha Hawaiian Homes subdivision […]

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4-22-22 Police Investigating Possible Drowning in Hōnaunau Bay

Hawai’i Police DepartmentKona PatrolLieutenant Levon StevensPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 253Report No.: 22-034472 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are actively investigating a possible drowning that occurred at Hōnaunau Bay (also known as “Two Step”) on Thursday afternoon, April 21, 2022. Shortly after 2 p.m. police responded to Hōnaunau Bay after a Hawai‘i visitor reported finding the […]

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4-22-22 Police Investigating Hilo Traffic Collision that Critically Injured Motorcyclist

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: (808) 961-2391Report No.: 22-034589 Media Release Hawaii Island police are investigating a traffic collision involving two vehicles that resulted in a motorcyclist being critically injured. The collision occurred on Thursday evening, April 21, 2022, at the intersection of Māmalahoa Highway, (Highway 19), and Hau Street in the Wainaku […]

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4-22-22 Police Ask for Public’s Assistance Locating Missing Man Derek Aiona

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentHilo PatrolSergeant Michael SantosPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 20-062436 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are continuing their request for the public’s assistance in locating 46-year-old Derek Lee Aiona, who was reported missing two years ago. Aiona was last seen in the Puna district on Monday, August 10, 2020, and is known to frequent the […]

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4-22-22 Public Invited to Coffee With a Cop April 27 in Waimea

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictCaptain Jeremie EvangelistaPhone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release As part of their ongoing efforts to stay engaged with the Hawai‘i Island community, the Hawai‘i Police Department’s South Kohala Community Policing Section invites area residents to attend “Coffee with a Cop” on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Waimea […]

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4-22-22 Police Ask Public’s Assistance Locating Runaway Cherish Ahulau-Kaleo

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Lawrence KobayashiPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-034173 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Cherish Ahulau-Kaleo who was reported as a runaway. Ahulau-Kaleo was last seen on Keonaona Street in Hilo on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 7:00 a.m. She is described as Hawaiian with […]

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4-21-22 Police Seek Missing Kona Man Joshua Waterman

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Aron TomotaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 253Report No.: 22-033511 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance locating 23-year-old Joshua Waterman, who is known to frequent the areas of Ali‘i Drive and the Old Kona Airport in Kailua-Kona. Waterman is described as Caucasian with a medium build, 5 feet 10 […]

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4-20-22 (Update) Runaway Kelis Garmon-Mercado Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolSergeant Nelson Cacho, Sr.Phone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-028311 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 16-year-old Kelis Garmon-Mercado, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo in good health on Saturday, April 16, 2022.

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4-20-22 Police Promote Two to Rank of Major

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Paul FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Police Chief Paul Ferreira has announced two promotions to the rank of Major, effective April 15, 2022.  John Briski, a 24-year veteran of the department, is now assigned to the Area I Field Operations Bureau, which encompasses the police department’s East Hawaii districts […]

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4-19-22 Police Seek Missing Person Ricky Rios

Hawai’i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Charrise WakitaPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-033760 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are seeking the community’s assistance in locating 56-year-old Ricky Rios of Kurtistown who has been reported missing.  He was last seen on Monday, April 18, 2022 around 5 p.m. in the area of Hawaiian Acres in Kurtistown wearing a pink […]

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4-19-22 Ezra Miller Arrested for Assault in Pāhoa

Hawaii Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Shawn TinglePhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-033627 Media Release Shortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, a 29-year-old visitor from Vermont was arrested for second-degree assault after an incident at a residence in Pāhoa. At 1:10 a.m., Puna patrol officers responded to a report of an assault that occurred at […]

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4-18-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of April 11, through April 17, 2022, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 15 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Four of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Two of the drivers were under the age […]

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4-18-22 Ka‘ū Man Wanted on Outstanding Bench Warrants

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area IIDetective Donovan Kohara   Phone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 267Report No.: 22-033141 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance with locating 42-year-old Sham Freitas of Ka‘ū, who is wanted on several outstanding bench warrants and for questioning in connection with other criminal investigations. Freitas is described as […]

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4-18-22 Police Seek Kona Runaway Meletupou Hoponoa

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolLieutenant Levon StevensPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-033079 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are searching for 15-year-old Meletupou Hoponoa who was reported as a runaway. Hoponoa was last seen leaving her residence on Oni Oni Street in Kailua-Kona at 9:05 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, wearing black pants, a green shirt, and brown sandals. She is described as […]

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4-14-22 Police Seeking Runaway Uilani Ahuna

Hawaii Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Lawrence KobayashiPhone: (808) 961-2213Report No. 22-032083 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Uilani Ahuna who was reported as a runaway. Ahuna was last seen in the 1700 block of Kinoole Street in Hilo on Wednesday, April 13th, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. wearing black […]

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4-13-22 Police Seeking Runaway Kelis Garmon-Mercado

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Lawrence KobayashiPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-028311 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Kelis Garmon-Mercado who was reported as a runaway. Garmon-Mercado is described as Caucasian, about 5’08” tall, 317 pounds, large build, brown shoulder length curly hair, and brown eyes. She was last […]

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4-13-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police Department Traffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of April 4, through April 10, 2022, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 22 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Six of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. None of the drivers were under the […]

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4-13-22 Police Request Assistance Locating Wanted Individual Esteban Dehoyos

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area ILieutenant Robert P. PauolePhone: (808) 961-2254Report No.: 21-108254 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Esteban Dehoyos who is wanted for an outstanding warrant totaling $19,000 for assault in the second degree. Known to frequent the Hilo and Puna districts, Dehoyos is […]

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4-13-22 (Update) Runaway Uilani Ahuna Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IPolice Officer III/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 22-009381 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 14-year-old Uilani Ahuna, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Kona in good health on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

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4-12-22 Police Investigating Two-Vehicle Crash on Daniel K. Inouye Highway in Hilo

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitActing Sergeant Jared CabatuPhone: (808) 961-2391Report No.: 22-031587 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a critical traffic collision involving two vehicles that occurred on Tuesday, at 8:32 a.m., April 12, 2022, on Daniel K. Inouye Highway in the area of the 17 mile marker in Hilo. Police investigating the traffic […]

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4-12-22 Puna Officer Receives Haweo Award for Investigative and Mentoring Skills

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Police ChiefChief Paul K. FerreiraPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release For his relentless determination in the apprehension of two suspects involved in an array of crimes involving firearms, drugs, and a stolen vehicle, Hawai‘i Police Department Officer Jonathan Rapoza was honored with the Haweo Award during a ceremony held at […]

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4-12-22 One-Way Traffic Pattern in Effect on Kalanikoa St. During Merrie Monarch Festival

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release In conjunction with the 59th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, there will be a temporary one-way traffic pattern on Kalanikoa Street in Hilo. Traffic will be allowed to flow in the makai, or northerly, direction on Kalanikoa Street between Pi‘ilani Street to Kuawa […]

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4-11-22 Police Renew Request for Information on Hilo Woman Missing Since 2017

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: C17022092 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in locating 40-year-old Parker Godwin, also known as, Amanda Burnell. She was last seen in early August 2017, in the Kalapana area in Puna. Godwin is described […]

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4-11-22 Three Arrested, Fourth Man Charged in Custodial Interference Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area ILieutenant Robert P. PauolePhone: (808) 961-2254Report No.: 22-030793 Media Release On Saturday evening, April 9, 2022, detectives from the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigation Division arrested 50-year-old Monika Santos, 25-year-old Journee Cortez, and 31-year-old Paul Abiley Jr. for first-degree custodial interference after they turned themselves in […]

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4-09-22 Police Seeking Additional Suspects in Custodial Interference Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area ILieutenant Robert P. PauolePhone: (808) 961-2254Report No.: 22-030793 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are seeking the public’s assistance with locating additional suspects —two women and a man—in a custodial interference investigation involving an 11-month-old infant, Alixea Fernanadez-Santos.  Monika Santos, age 50, of Mountain View is 4 feet 11 […]

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4-08-22 (Update) Runaway Zoelynn Puaoi-Pinheiro Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IPolice Officer III/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 22-020568 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 15-year-old Zoelynn Puaoi-Pinheiro, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo in good health on Monday, March 28, 2022.

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4-07-22 Police Seek East Hawaii Runaway Makahiki Moala

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolOfficer Coley RowePhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-030147 Media Release Hawaii Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Makahiki Moala who was reported as a runaway. Moala was last seen in the 1100 block of Waianuenue Avenue in Hilo on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at around 11:40 am. […]

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4-07-22 Investigation Continues for Missing Puna Man

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 21-052465 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police detectives are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in locating 53-year old Joseph David Smithey, of Mountain View. He has not been seen or heard from by his family and friends since late May […]

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4-05-22 Fatal Boating Accident at Honokohau Small Boat Harbor

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section, Area IILieutenant Calvin DelariesPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 266Report No. 22-029245 Media Release On April 4, 2022, shortly after 6:00 p.m., Kona Patrol officers responded to the Honokohau Small Boat Harbor for a fatal boating incident.  Hawai’i Island police are working in conjunction with the Department of Land and Natural Resources […]

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4-05-22 Kona to Host Three Coffee With a Cop Events in April

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Community Policing SectionSergeant Michael D. HardiePhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 259 Media Release West Hawai‘i residents are invited to attend three Coffee With a Cop events this month in Kona for an opportunity to get to know their district police officers. These popular events are informal, with no agenda, and are a great […]

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4-05-22 Police Request Public’s Assistance With Puna Burglary Investigation

Hawai‘i Police Department      Puna Patrol, Area ISergeant Aaron KaeoPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 22-015016 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance regarding the burglary of a storage business which occurred within the Puna district at the 15-1500 block of 13th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision. At 1:30 p.m. on February 18, 2022, […]

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4-04-22 DUI Stats

Hawai`i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: 961-2305 Media Release During the week of March 28, 2022, through April 3, 2022, Hawai`i Island police arrested seventeen (17) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  Two of the drivers were under the […]

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4-04-22 Police Request Assistance Locating Wanted Individuals

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHāmākua PatrolCommunity Policing Officer John KariPhone: (808) 775-7533 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the following individuals that have outstanding warrants for their arrests. David Hively is wanted for 2 counts of Criminal Contempt of Court totaling $1050.00. Hively is described as being 6 feet tall, 199 […]

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4-01-22 Police Arrest and Charge Three Men After Investigating Rash of Commercial Burglaries in Hilo

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police investigating a rash of burglaries in the Hilo area during the month of March have arrested and charged three men for an array of offenses. Two of the three men are also suspects in additional cases still […]

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4-01-22 Man Killed in North Kona Crash Identified

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No.: 22-028011 Media Release The driver who died following a single-vehicle collision on Thursday, March 31, 2022, on Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 190), in North Kona has been positively identified as 27-year-old Andrew Charles Clark Honoka‘a. Responding to a 9:00 p.m. call, police determined that […]

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4-01-22 Police Ask for Information on Nīnole Cemetery Vandals

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHāmākua PatrolLieutenant Roylen ValeraPhone: (808) 775-7533Report No.: 22-027240 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’ assistance seeking information or witnesses regarding a recent vandalism incident at a cemetery in Nīnole. Sometime between Sunday March 27, 2022 and Tuesday, March 29, 45 headstones were damaged at the Honohina Hongwanji Cemetery located […]

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4-01-22 Pair Arrested and Charged for Nā‘ālehu Burglary

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKa‘ū Patrol DivisionCaptain Miles ChongPhone: (808) 939-2520Report No.: 22-027787 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged a man and woman, in connection with a burglary that occurred in Ka‘ū on the morning of Thursday, March 31, 2022. Responding to an 8:15 a.m. call, police determined that a construction employee arriving at […]

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4-01-22 Man Killed in North Kona Traffic Collision

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No.: 22-028011 Media Release A 27-year-old man died following a single-vehicle collision on Thursday, March 31, 2022, on Māmalahoa Highway (Highway 190), just south of the 17 mile marker in North Kona. The man has not been positively identified pending notification of next of […]

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3-30-22 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police Department Traffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of March 21, 2022, through March 27, 2022, Hawai‘i Island police arrested  19 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under […]

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3-30-22 Police Arrest and Charge Student for Weapon Incident at Kamehameha Schools

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Zenas PachecoPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 22-027272 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police arrested and charged a 17-year-old male after he brought a weapon to the Kamehameha Schools campus in Kea‘au on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Around 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Puna patrol responded to a report of a student possibly in possession […]

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3-29-22 Body Located in Rainbow Falls Identified

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 22-026337 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have identified the body found in the water at Rainbow Falls in Hilo on Saturday, March 26, 2022, as 37-year-old Adam David Broom, of Hilo. On Tuesday morning, March 29, an autopsy was performed on […]

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3-29-22 (Update) Runaway Ezra Kirkpatrick Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area IPolice Officer III/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 22-017579 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 16-year-old Ezra Kirkpatrick, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Hilo on Monday, March 28, 2022, in good health.

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3-28-22 Vermont Visitor Arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Harassment in Hilo

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolLt. William DerrPhone: (808) 961-2350Report No.: 22-026741 Media Release Shortly after midnight on Monday, March 28, 2022, a 29-year-old man visiting from Vermont was arrested and charged for disorderly conduct and harassment after an incident at a bar in Hilo. On Sunday, March 27, at 11:30 p.m., South Hilo patrol officers responded […]

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3-28-22 Hilo Woman Arrested and Charged with Arson

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section – Area ILieutenant Rio S. Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 22-026037 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged a Hilo woman with arson. Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2022, South Hilo patrol officers and Hawai‘i Fire Department personnel responded to a reported structure fire on Ohana […]

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